Original early Vietnam War era M6 for M14 battle rifle – made by Aerial Cutlery Co. The M6 was the only edged weapon issued for M14. In spite of excellent accuracy and ballistics M14 fell victim to the modern small-caliber small arms doctrine and had a very short service life. That led to the short-lived service for the M6 bayonet as well. This type is scarce nowadays, especially in decent grades. Attached in the photos is the scan of the original 1965 photograph by Eddie Adams of a young marine in Vietnam holding the M14 with the M6 attached.
The guard/muzzle ring is marked U.S. M6 / AERIAL; no markings on the blade or handle. About 11-1/2″ / 29.2 cm overall; the blade is about 6-3/4″ / 17.1 cm long. The blade has been lightly re-sharpened; it’s very sharp still; a few minor ricks on the upper edge are noted for accuracy. Black plastic grips are in perfect condition; the release mechanism is excellent and 100% functional. The original M8A1 composition scabbard manufactured in the 1960th by a mysterious WD. Not much is know about this “WD” maker – a rare type. The scabbard is in great overall condition with just a few light scratches on the front side of the plastic body; the back side is marked VP E; the underside of the metal throat is marked VP9. Unpainted “gun-gray” steel throat is stamped USM8A1 / WD on the front side; web hanger is excellent with no stains, mold, or rust. All scabbard parts are nice and tight with no damage.
This attractive Vietnam War Aerial M6 bayonet and scarce WD M8A1 scabbard have not been cleaned or tampered with in any way, 100% original condition; these are the actual photos. I have a few more Vietnam era American bayonets and knives, as well as some British, Commonwealth, and German WW2 & WW1 era combat knives, daggers, trench knives, and bayonets available for sale – please take a look in the Militaria section.
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